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07:53 am: Birthday Bunny Banquet Weekend
Monday was a national holiday. We spent the morning leisurely, recovering from our trip to the Expo, until wednesday_10_00 finished Harry Potter. By that time it was about noon. We decided to take a shopping trip to Kyoto.

The large Gion Festival had just ended on Sunday, so the city wasn't as crowded as it would have been if we had gone earlier. We went to the Teramachi shopping area with two main goals in mind--wednesday_10_00 had to get a new wheeled case, since the wheels on the one she had brought with her got torn up, and she wanted to pick out some fabric for a yukata to wear at a summer festival in Chiba.

(Picture at right: Colonel Sanders, wearing a yukata and enjoying a slice of watermelon.)

We wandered around looking at various shops and finally accomplished the two goals. By that time, she had to go back home so that she could catch up on her sleep before having to report to work the next day. melf42 was staying longer, so we could have remained in Kyoto for more shopping, but HP was calling. We went back to my apartment and pretty much spent the rest of that evening and then all of Tuesday reading.

I finished the book around 4 p.m. on Tuesday and promptly set about writing my speech for the dinner that night. (Yes, I procrastinate.) I managed to finish with 15 minutes to spare. I bid melf42 farewell and set off for the dinner.

Now, I had written on my reply postcard that I was vegetarian. Also, when the woman organizing the dinner came to see me for help translating the speeches, I gave her a typed list written in Japanese detailing EXACTLY what I can and can't eat. I couldn't possibly be ANY clearer. When I show up for the dinner, do you suppose there's anything I can eat?

Not a chance. In fact, it was so bad that they suggested I take the fish off the top of the sushi to eat the rice underneath. >_<

AFTER the meal started, the other people sitting at my table (my vice-principal and the superintendent) asked the hotel staff to make a salad and vegetable tempura for me.

Oh, well. Other than that, it went okay.

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From:taraljc
Date:July 19th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
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UNCLE KENTUCKY!!!!

(um... can you tell I was warped at a young age by City Hunter?)
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From:evil_overlord
Date:July 19th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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**blinks** **rubs her eyes** **blinks again** Wow, someone *else* who knows City Hunter? Wow....

UNCLE KENTUCKY!!

And what's *wrong* with being corrupted by City Hunter, anyway? *VBG*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 20th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
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(um... can you tell I was warped at a young age by City Hunter?)

If you're gonna end up warped anyway (and why fight it?), that's certainly a good way to go.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:July 19th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Had to leave a totally different comment...ya don't know how *weird* it is to see Col. Sanders in a yukata. Especially after having worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken for three years [my first real job, to boot. LOL]

The watermelon threw me a bit too, especaially since Col. Sanders is assoicated with fried chicken. LOL

Sorry about the meal difficulties, that must have really sucked. At least they actually fixed you some food you *could* eat.

I can't help but think though, if the hubby and I make it over to Japan, he is so *frelled*, since he's allergic to seafood. heh Do the vegetarian dishes use any seafood oils or such? Not really knowing much about Japanese cuisine [aside from Iron Chef....*love* that they at least subtitled the Chairman, wow he's got a nice voice!] I'm not sure just how they'd do veggie dishes.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:July 20th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
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ya don't know how *weird* it is to see Col. Sanders in a yukata.

<g> It certainly caused heads to turn.

Do the vegetarian dishes use any seafood oils or such?

That depends on where you get them. There are some vegetarian restaurants...you just have to locate them, and they're generally ethnic cuisine (such as Indian food). It's possible to get completely vegetarian Japanese food called shoujin ryouri at some temples, and that won't have any fish in it whatsoever, but it's expensive. (The cheapest set meal is about $30.)

For most other food...you're usually safe as long as you don't get something with broth in it, because Japanese broth almost always has a fish base. The same goes for dipping sauces other than pure soy sauce. Also, they will sometimes take a perfectly good vegetarian dish, such as tofu, and sprinkle fish flakes over it, so you may have to ask them not to.

Another thing to look out for is any food with hiding places. For example, pizza can have shrimp hiding under the cheese (as I learned the hard way). The same goes for anything that has a filling wrapped inside, such as spring rolls or filled bread.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:July 20th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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awesome, thanks for the info! I'll have to file that info away for later use...hopefully ^_^
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From:megory
Date:July 20th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)

>_< again

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I'm so sorry the meal turned out that way. It is so unpredictable. Sometimes they are so good to try to have something you can eat, and other times it just goes right over their head. I know it's not the first time. It happens here, too, though.
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